“He hit the other day, and said he felt pretty good. He’s been getting a lot of treatment, riding the bike, and running as tolerated,” Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said. “So my experience with hamstrings is whenever they tell you they’re ready, I believe in giving them another couple days.”
Turner would be eligible to come off the new 10-day disabled list next Wednesday in Atlanta, five days from now. The Nationals initially expected the injury to require about five days of rest, and for Turner to return when his disabled list stint is complete. For now, neither Baker nor anyone else has given any indication that the injury is worse than originally expected, though they do seem to be taking things slowly with the 23-year-old shortstop of the present and future.
Their backup shortstop, Stephen Drew, said he has no timetable for a return from the hamstring strain that pushed him to the disabled list this week. The 34-year-old dealt with a gruesome and major ankle injury in 2011, concussion trouble in 2015, and that strange inner-ear condition last season, but said he has never experienced a hamstring injury before.
“I don’t really know with these things,” Drew said. “Hopefully I can push through it to where it’s strong, and strong to be able to come back … it’s better than it was when we did it. That’s a good thing.”
For now, Wilmer Difo is filling in at shortstop, where he will start for the second straight game Friday. Difo will hit eighth, just ahead of Stephen Strasburg, who gets the start in the first of three afternoon games against the Phillies this weekend.